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Whisper of the Heart (1995) at a glance

Whisper of the Heart (1995) is a drama film. This film is the late Yoshifumi Kondō's directorial debut and it is written by Hayao Miyazaki based on the manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. The film follows the story of 14 years old Shizuku who loves reading and writing.

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Whisper of the Heart (1995) Trailer

Whisper of the Heart (1995) Synopsis

A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku Tsukishima, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Challenged by Seiji Amasawa, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on curious adventures beyond the boundaries of her imagination.

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Whisper of the Heart (1995) Review

Classic library checkout cards.
Classic library checkout cards.

Excellent art direction from Studio Ghibli's works as usual, the film as a whole is not that fancy as it is more of a beautiful nostalgic and realistic depictions of Japanese lives and dreams; until the young girl entered a charming antique shop filled with exquisite collector's items which is much more than fancy as that place generously reveals and supplies to people's fantasies.

Ordinary Japanese household.
Ordinary Japanese household.

Sets in and around the busy bustling cities of Japan, Whisper of the Heart (1995) is not extremely touching but it's sweet and inspiring. It is certainly not what we would expect and this film is actually critical. Surely, it is about the start of a love story between two book lovers who are both fighting for their own dreams but it also deals with conflicts, uncertainty, loneliness, depression and so on.

The fairy who lived as a sheep.
The fairy who lived as a sheep.

What I have wrote may make it look sad but this film is actually a happy film. It is really an inspiring movie and if you watch this, you may be able learn something invaluable from all of the characters.

PS. This film is so relatable to me that it's scaring me when I watch it. It certainly caught me by surprise and I did not expect this film would make it into one of my top favorite. Strange but I guess I am also in the right mood, it inspires me to move forward even more!

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Who will like this?

People who walk alone and pursue their dreams may be inspired and find this film relatable. Romantics, artists and book lovers also may find themselves liking this film as well as inspired.

This is certainly another great classic from Studio Ghibli! There are also plenty of homage paid to previous Studio Ghibli films in this one!

Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Yoshifumi Kondō
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Aoi Hiiragi
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Yuji Nomi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Yōko Honna, Issei Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Keiju Kobayashi
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Disney, Madman Entertainment
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Drama Family Music Romance
Running time: 111 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 18,000,000 est.

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Whisper of the Heart (1995) Poster


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